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Old April 27th, 2007, 11:41 PM
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I'm going on my first cruise May 5th, for nine days. We are sailing on Grandeur of the Seas. Is this a good choice for a first cruise?
What does it mean when they say "Duty Free" ports?
And do I need to carry my Passport everywhere I go?
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Old April 28th, 2007, 12:16 AM
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Your choice for a first cruise is excellent. If I am correct the itinerary is Puerto Rico, St. Thomas, St. Martin, Tortola, and Coco Cay. This is a nice mix of islands-English, French/Dutch, American (English speaking), American (Spanish speaking), and a private cruise line owned spot in the sun. Duty free means "no tax" on import with limits, and passports do not have to be carried ashore (however I carry mine in foreign ports just to be safe) but make sure you have your sign & sail with you at all times.
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YeeeeHaaaa! Yep, I think you have picked a GREAT first cruise!

Duty free shops and ports allow you to purchase items without paying any import tax. There is a limit on the $$ amount of duty-free items you can bring back into the US without paying tax. I don't recall the exact amount. If one of your ports is St. Thomas, that amount doubles. These items will need to be listed on your Customs Declaration form at the end of the cruise, but it is no big deal.

Once you are on the ship, it is not necessary to carry your passport ashore in each port. Some recommend that you take a photo copy of the passport, and leave the original in the safe onboard the ship.

Have a wonderful cruise. If you think of any other questions, let's hear them!
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I have never sailed the Grandeur but I can answer the other questions for you. First duty free means that there will be no tax added to whatever you buy. Most people buy their alcohol, cigs, stereo equip, TV's. camera equip. etc. Once you board the ship it will not be necessary to carry your passport into each port. It will be necessary to carry a picture ID (Driver License) and your ships ID into ports of call. Enjoy your first cruise. I'm sure you will come back addicted like the rest of us. 8)
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I've heard that St. Martin has amazing bargains. On jewelry and electronics. I was hoping to get a deal on a laptop (computer) for my son. Whom is not the most responsible when it concerns his belongings. Hope I can find a good deal.
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I've heard that St. Martin has amazing bargains. On jewelry and electronics. I was hoping to get a deal on a laptop (computer) for my son. Whom is not the most responsible when it concerns his belongings. Hope I can find a good deal.
I'm packed and ready to go.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The prices in the Caribbean aren't the bargains they used to be (too many ships visiting these days).

The KEY is to know your prices at home BEFORE you leave.

For jewelry St Maarten does have very good selection.
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Also remember, that the islands are barganning cultures. In St. Maarten, the further you get from the pier, the better your negotiation position.
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